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Resurfacing and Repair on U Street Project to Begin May 6, 2013

by Prince Of Petworth April 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm 10 Comments

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From a press release:

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin repairing and resurfacing the U Street NW roadway between 9th Street NW and 14th Street NW as part of the U Street NW Streetscape Project. Work on the busy corridor will begin the week of May 6, 2013; weather permitting.

The complete resurfacing will take approximately three weeks to complete to ensure the roadway can safely accommodate cars, pedestrians and bicyclists; and that water runs off properly.

STEP 1: Milling away 2” of the old surface from 9th Street NW to 14th Street NW – approx. 3 days
STEP 2: Repairing damaged concrete – approx. 10 days
STEP 3: Paving the roadway with asphalt from 9th Street NW to 14th Street NW – approx. 3 days

When the asphalt has been removed, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists are advised to use caution as they travel through or near this work zone as the roadway will be uneven until the new asphalt surface is placed. Please obey all traffic and parking restrictions.

  • Anonymous

    While this will be a bit of a pain during the process I’m all for it. I live near U and drove to the Home Depot in NE recently. I was AMAZED by how bumpy a ride it was (I rarely drive in DC). I’ve been in developing countries with better roads, c’mon!

    • Anonymous

      U Street is terribly potholed. I can’t wait for this to be done, though the transition period is going to awful. Expect closed lanes and LOTS of backups.

    • SF

      Absolutely. It’s a teeth-chattering moonscape.

  • LeDroit

    Only 3 weeks?! That seems really quick.

    • wylie coyote

      Probably faster than we’re used to because it doesn’t involve utilities doing underground work. Just a guess.

      * Or maybe U Street is so politically connected, they move faster. Ha.

  • Anonymous

    Just in time for Verizon or PEPCO to come along 2 weeks later and dig up the new street.

  • anon

    also looking forward to this… i like that they have added the new curbs.

  • Anonymous

    Are they widening the sidewalks? Sidewalks are way too narrow on U Street for the amount of foot traffic.

  • andyn

    this is one of the worst streets to ride a bike on. Very excited about this! If only they were starting at 7th!

  • BJLM

    They are widening the sidewalked in front of Tobaq and the like, where the stairs come out way too far to allow more than one pedestrian at a time to walk. They’re also redoing the rest of the 13-14/U as I discovered yesterday when I was unable to get into my office as the sidewalk had disappeared.


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